There is a 45-story skyscraper in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas―.

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Apr 28, 2014 21:31
There is a 45-story skyscraper in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas―.
It has a heliport and you can see Avila mountain from it.
Allegedly, this is the highest slum in the world.

At first, "Tower of David" named after the name of its developer was supposed to be a financial center.
However, the developer died and the construction has been suspended since the financial crisis in Venezuela in 1994.
The building has been left.
Poor people started occupying it illegally in 2007, but then president Chavez turned a blind eye.
Approximately 3,000 squatters have been in the skyscraper.

Most people in Caracas recognize the building as a den of robbers.
For the residents in the building, however, it is a safe place and it rescued them from a dangerous slum.
The corridors in the building are kept clean, many posters of rules and duty rosters are posted everywhere, and there is like a neighborhood council in the building.
They installed plumbing, electricity, and water supply on their own.
They also have a dentist and a beauty parlor.
The residents pay 200 bolivar ($32) for 24/7 security every month.
― A Japanese article ―